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High Tech Crimes and Internet Safety :
History


The Attorney General’s High Tech Crimes Bureau was originally formed as the Internet Criminal Activity Unit in 1997 and was elevated to bureau status in 2000. The mission of the Bureau is to address the need for specialized personnel to respond to the complex and technical nature of offenses that are committed via the Internet and computers.

The Bureau’s responsibilities include investigation assistance, prosecution and prosecution assistance, training and public awareness activities in the area of high technology crimes.

Bureau personnel have assisted law enforcement agencies and State’s Attorneys' offices in the investigation and prosecution of a wide variety of offenses that have had a “high tech” element, including various frauds, run-away children, e-mail threats, hacking, software piracy, child exploitation, arson and homicides.

 

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